Job Support Worker

Support Worker – West Chiltington, West Sussex

Part-time available: a) On-call night shifts (including weekend)

and b) shifts during school holidays

(Exemption is claimed under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9)

We have an exciting opportunity to recruit a permanent support worker to join our small established team. The ideal candidates will have a good sense of humour, an excellent work ethic, and the ability to maximise someone’s potential and enhance their quality of life within their home environment.

On-call Night Shifts (permanent contract)

Shifts: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from 9:30 pm to 8:30 am.

Staff are required to get our client ready for bed, soothe him to sleep and to check on him during the night as required and get him ready for school in the morning.

School Holiday shifts (permanent contracts)

We are seeking a support worker to cover school holidays. The shifts available are from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm two or three days a week during school holidays. Also, to accompany our client and his family on holiday.

The Client

Our client is a male child aged 10 years who has cerebral palsy and learning difficulties. He is tube fed and is a wheelchair user. He is a loving, sweet and cheeky chap and a pleasure to work with. His care depends on others to support him in a holistic approach ranging from personal care, feeding and toileting to promoting his quality of life within the house and in the community. He lives as full, active and high quality a life as possible, so social and recreational activities are important in his care, together with learning his communication strategies due to him being non-verbal.

Client’s Hobbies & Interests

Our client loves active engagement and interaction; he enjoys being outside on his swing, slide and trike and going for walks in his all-terrain buggy. He loves his hydrotherapy sessions and has his own hydrotherapy pool. He enjoys stories, music, board games, arts and crafts, relaxing massages and watching his favourite TV programmes.

The Roles

You will have experience of working with someone with a learning and a physical disability, and you will commit to provide a high standard of therapeutic support in a calm, caring and professional manner.

Night shifts:

You will get our client ready for bed and settle him to sleep. You can go to bed but need to be alert to him waking during the night via a CCTV monitor. He can have settled nights but is often disturbed a couple of times and can take time to settle back down. He will need repositioning to help him get back to sleep. In the morning you’ll get him ready for school.

You will need to have the flexibility to accompany the client and his family on holiday.

School holidays: Tasks include undertaking a range of activities in the home and supporting our client to to maximise his independence in line with his therapy programme. You will work with other health care professionals that include a Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist to participate in all of these activities actively. You will also participate in hydrotherapy with our client to promote his physical health and enhance his quality of life as much as possible.

There is the expectation that you will work towards a client-centred approach to improve and promote our client’s quality of life by following the agreed care plans.

You will possess good communication skills, empathy, flexibility and enthusiasm, with the ability to use your initiative and creativity. You will be confident, reliable and caring. Undertaking domestic tasks, such as cleaning and tidying at the end of the shift, is vital.

You will need to have the flexibility to accompany our client and his family on holiday.

Essential

  • You must hold a full, clean driving licence and be an experienced driver
  • You must have the skills and experience gained from working with people with disabilities
  • It would be best if you had a calm, warm and friendly disposition with a good sense of humour
  • Although regular shifts will be agreed, the employer holds the right to change shifts at any time to suit our client’s needs; therefore flexibility is vital

Location: The roles are based at the family’s home in West Chiltington, West Sussex.

Support Worker hours and rates of pay

Night rate – Sunday – Tuesday – £120 in total

Day rate – £14.00ph in week and £16.00ph at weekends

Reference ID: ThoH

Job Types: Part-time, Permanent

Salary: £14.00-£16.00 per hour

To find out more and to apply for this position visit: https://uk.indeed.com/job/support-worker-e28f0a929682bb22

Closing date for applications: 19 March 2022